Finney's Cafeteria--a downtown landmark--has become available for lease through Convest Realty Group after more than 60 years of continuous occupancy.
Located on the ground floor of a four-story building at 217 West 6th St., the cafeteria originally was The Chocolate Shoppe, and in 1975 was declared a historic-cultural monument by the city of Los Angeles for its unusual and intricate tile interior that was designed, crafted and installed by the renowned Pasadena artist Ernest A. Batchelder.
The original concept was to have built the Chocolate Shoppe in a Dutch motif as the first in a chain of soda parlors--each representing a different European country. Plans for additional shops were never carried out due to the high cost of Batchelder's elaborate work that can also be seen in the detailing of the Global Marine House at 811 West 7th St.
In a letter to the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Board, the late Allan L. Leonard--attorney to Sam Finney--recalled that: "At age 20 in 1908, I was in the present Finney's Cafeteria, then known as Petitfils Chocolate Shoppe, with the girl who became my first wife, Olive Adams Trask. I remained a regular patron at the cafeteria after Finney took over sometime before 1947."